Introduction Introduction

 

This summer the Library will be changing the software we use to manage library accounts and resources.

We hope this change will allow us to provide a more flexible and streamlined service. 

Below are some of the details we think will be useful to you as the project progresses.

If you need any assistance or have any questions about the new Library Management System please contact the Library Helpdesk on lib.helpdesk@uea.ac.uk or 01603 59 2993.

 

Timeline Timeline

Frequently asked questions Frequently asked questions

What does the Library Management System do?

Our Library Management System allows borrowing and returning, controls access on e-resources, purchases new materials, supports interlibrary loans, holds information for Library Search and so much more.

What will this mean for me?

You may not notice a lot of difference in your day to day interactions with the Library, but the change in system will ensure we’re prepared for the future.

The change of Library Management System should mean that you're able to borrow more books, search for materials with a simpler system and access your reading lists seamlessly.

We are also hoping that the change in Library Management System will mean we can introduce automatic renewals. 

What do I need to do?

We will be transferring almost all of the information we currently hold about books, resources and accounts to our new system. However, there are two pieces of account information we can't retain. These are your borrowing history and your Library Search saved searches. 

It is possible for you to download both of these sets of information.

Further information on how to download your borrowing history can be found here and a video with download instructions is available here.

Information on downloading your saved searches can be found here and a video with instructions can be found here.

Alternatively, visit the Library Helpdesk where staff will be able to assist you.

Please be aware that these sets of information will only be available to you until 20 July. After this date we will not be able to recover the information. 

When are you making the changes?

The change of Library Management System will take place over the summer, with the new system due to ‘go live’ on 1 August.

There will be a period when items can only be borrowed during hours when library staff are on duty. This is likely to be from Thursday 25 July – Tuesday 6 August.

Will I still be able to access the catalogue?

Yes, you will still be able to use Library Search throughout the system update. However, between 20 July and 5 August Library Search may display out of date information. If you require any assistance searching for Library resources please visit the Library Helpdesk, or email us at lib.helpdesk@uea.ac.uk and we will do our best to assist you.

Will I still be able to borrow and return items?

Yes, you will be able to borrow and return items throughout the transition period, however there will be a period when items can only be borrowed during hours when library staff are on duty. This is likely to be from Thursday 25 July – Tuesday 6 August. Staffed Library Helpdesk hours are; Monday - Friday 09:00-19:00, Saturday & Sunday 12:00-19:00.

Nothing will be due back in the transition period, and although books can still be returned they will not come off your library account straight away.

Uninterrupted access to e-books and e-journals will remain available throughout.

Will the Library stay open?

Yes, the library will remain open 24/7 throughout the change of systems although there will be a period when you can only borrow books when library staff are on duty.

Will I still be able to access e-resources?

Yes, full access to e-books and e-journals will remain available throughout. Our Library Access tool will also work throughout the system update. Further information on how the Library Access tool can help you access our online resources can be found here.

My External/SCONUL membership is due to expire within the embargo period - what do I need to do?

You will receive an email from us by the end of March if your external/access only/SCONUL membership is due to expire within the embargo period (1 May - 30 September) advising you on what you need to do. 

Background information Background information

We have been using our current Library Management System (LMS) to manage the processes around the acquisition, cataloguing and circulation of library materials for over 17 years.  The system was designed around the management of print materials and is no longer fit for purpose for a 21st century library where the majority of our expenditure is on the online library. 

A new generation of Library Services Platform (LSP) has been developed in recent years which has been designed around digital as well as print resources.   These new platforms offer more flexibility and will allow us to streamline our operations and be more responsive to the changing needs of our users.

Following a formal procurement and tender exercise OCLC were awarded the contract to supply the Library with their WorldShare Management Services Platform.

The move to our new platform will necessitate changes to some of our workflows and also some changes for users of the Library.